Treating burns with fish skin

Reuters reports on the successful use of Tilapia skin to treat patients with burns instead of using bandages. From the article: 

Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs.

Via Reuters: https://widerimage.reuters.com/story/healing-burns-with-fish-skin

Artificial photosynthesis transforms atmospheric CO2 into fuel

Via Kurzweil AI

University of Central Florida (UCF) chemistry professor has invented a revolutionary way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from air by triggering artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material — breaking down carbon dioxide while also producing fuel for energy.

UCF Assistant Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo and his students used a synthetic material called a metal–organic framework (MOF), which converts carbon dioxide into harmless organic materials — similar to how plants convert CO2 and sunlight into food.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/new-artificial-photosynthesis-process-converts-co2-in-air-to-fuel

Genetically modified mosquito is resistant to dengue fever

Futurity reports on what could be an important milestone in stopping the spread of dengue fever, which affects nearly 100-million people each year as well as killing around 20,000: researchers have bred mosquitoes in the lab that are resistant to the virus.

Source: http://www.futurity.org/genetically-modified-mosquito-1335852-2/

Wind-powered ‘WaterSeer’ pulls clean water from the air 

Inhabitat features the WaterSeer – an in-development device that draws water from cooled air through condensation. From the article:

The Water Seer device is planted six or more feet into the ground, and soil is then packed around its metal neck. The top of the Water Seer holds a vertical wind turbine, which spins internal fan blades to draw air into the subterranean chamber. Because the underground chamber portion of the Water Seer is cooled by the surrounding earth, water condenses in the reservoir to creates sort of an artificial well, from which people can draw clean, safe drinking water around the clock.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/wind-powered-water-seer-produces-11-gallons-of-clean-drinking-water-from-the-air/

UK to build the world’s largest offshore windfarm

Engadget reports on plans to build the largest offshore wind farm – Hornsea Project 1 and 2 -off the east coast of the UK to generate 1,800 MW and power 1.8m homes.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/17/worlds-largest-offshore-windfarm-uk/

Research shows potential for turning CO2 to stone

The BBC reports on a promising new method for storing CO2, tested by researchers in Iceland. From the article:

The researchers report an experiment in Iceland where they have pumped CO2 and water underground into volcanic rock.

Reactions with the minerals in the deep basalts convert the carbon dioxide to a stable, immobile chalky solid.

Even more encouraging, the team writes in Science magazine, is the speed at which this process occurs: on the order of months.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36494501

Norway commits to zero deforestation

Inhabitat reports that the Norwegian government has become the first to commit to zero-deforestation through procurement, supply chain or investment.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/norway-becomes-the-first-country-in-world-to-commit-to-a-zero-deforestation-supply-chain/

6-pack holder from wheat & barley not plastic

six pack rings

An edible and biodegradeable ‘6-pack’ holder made from wheat and barley instead of plastic could quickly decompose and remove risk to wildlife.

Drinks cans holder

Via FastCoExist: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3060131/these-six-pack-rings-are-edible-so-they-wont-kill-wildlife/1

Fishing nets with LED lights save turtles

LED fishing nets

Researchers at the University of Exeter (UK) have found that adding green LED lights to fishing nets can significanty reduce that numbers of turtles that get trapped and die, without impact on the quantity of fish caught.

Via: http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/25/led-lit-fishing-net-saves-sea-turtles/

Source: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_502714_en.html